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Cocktails for Conservation

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*A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $75


Fashion Fighting for Conservation

Tuesday, November 28th 7pm-10pm @ Axis Pioneer Square— Fashion for Conservation brings twenty-four international designers from September London Fashion Week's Elephantasia show to Seattle’s Axis Pioneer Square for a celebration of fashion, cocktails and conservation benefiting on the ground rainforest conservation efforts with Hoja Nueva 501(c)(3).

Evening features include hemed specialty cocktails, fashion design inspired by elephants and rainforests, holiday pop-up shops of local and international brands, and keynotes with jungle-dwelling Fashion for Conservation co-founder and Hoja Nueva president Samantha Zwicker.

Keynote speakers include Ray Victurine, Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Founder of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network; Samantha Zwicker, Executive Director at Hoja Nueva and Fashion for Conservation Co-founder; and the Conservation Director at Woodland Park Zoo. 

Pop-up shops and cocktail vendors include Indi Chocolates sampling the first ever chocolate made with cacao grown at Hoja Nueva from last year's rainforest gala fundraiser, the herbalist crafting herb-infused cocktails with Par 7 vodka, Finn Rivers serving fresh farm to glass cider, Ultra (complimentary massages for VIP), Kerloo Cellars providing Majestic"Columbia Valley GSM red blend, styling consultation with a celebrity stylist and more!

VIP Ticket Includes:
- Complimentary cocktail or drink ticket
- Swag bags
- Endangered Species Chocolate
- Chair massage
- Passed hors d'oeuvres
- 10% off any pop-up shop purchase

Elephantasia, Fashion for Conservation’s newest campaign, recently rocked September's London Fashion Week runway, featuring designers' couture interpretation of the wild elephant while putting a media spotlight on the elephant poaching crisis. Elephantasia makes appearance in Seattle’s upcoming TEDX event on November 18th and the full show presents at Cocktails for Conservation on November 28th.

“The runway pieces express the cause through their colors, shapes and textures,” states Ava J. Holmes, Fashion for Conservation co-founder. “Designs range from oversized shoulders of an elephant gray pleated jumpsuit by Shriti to a colorful cacao-embroidered dress by Jose Zafra.


Photo credit James Cheng; Elephantasia design, Shriti Pratap

Cocktails for Conservation takes place on Tuesday, November 28th, 7-10pm at AXIS PIONEER SQUARE: 308 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104

"It is not enough to just create pretty fashion campaigns and couture collections,” states Nazanine Afshar, Fashion for Conservation co-founder. “As advocates of the arts, we have the responsibility to use the power of fashion to promote causes around the world that have a direct effect on the future of our planet!”

Fashion for Conservation was founded by three women determined to make a positive impact on the world through conservation-inspired couture. Nazanine Afshar (Art Director, 100 Years of Vogue), Samantha Zwicker (Conservationist, Hoja Nueva) and Ava Holmes (Fashion Week Producer) combine their talents and passions to create fashion campaigns that educate and inspire consumers while supporting conservation.

@fashionforconservation @elephantasia2017



Patricia Sims is the founder of World Elephant Day, the global awareness campaign that brings attention to the critical threats facing elephants. A passionate and dedicated conservationist, Patricia launched World Elephant Day with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, an initiative of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, on August 12, 2012. Since that time Patricia has led and managed the annual World Elephant Day campaign, which has participants in over 50 countries and is recognized by over 100 wildlife organizations. Now in its 6th year, the annual World Elephant Day campaign reaches millions of people across the globe through events, public awareness, and social media outreach. Patricia is also the founder of World Elephant Society, the educational nonprofit that raises funds for the annual World Elephant Day campaign. Patricia has also produced two award-winning documentaries about the plight of endangered Asian elephants in Thailand: Return to the Forest, a 30-minute documentary narrated by William Shatner, and the feature-length documentary When Elephants Were Young, also narrated by William Shatner, which was released theatrically in the USA and Canada, and VOD in over sixty countries.

Kirsten Anderson is the president of Creatura Wildlife Projects. She is about to open Creatura House this December, a high end fine art and home decor shop in Seattle's capitol hill with a focus on the natural world that will donate a percentage of profits towards Creatura Wildlife Projects. She previously ran Roq La Rue Gallery which had a huge presence in both the local as well as national art scene for 18 years.

Creatura Wildlife Projects is a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money to assist currently existing vetted organizations working in affected areas that need a boost, in resources, support, and funding. Our current project is focused in Kenya, helping bring support and awareness to the Olderkesi Conservancy just outside the Maasai Mara, where a new plan is being successfully implemented to both support and bring prosperity to the local tribe as well as keep land wild and safe for wildlife to return. Creatura Wildlife Projects also offers safaris that allow guests to visit the project as well as other incredible spots in east Africa, which also helps support Creatura Wildlife Projects mission.


Ray Victurine is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Business and Conservation and Conservation Finance Programs where he works to explore innovative approaches to engage business in conservation actions. Ray is also the Founder and President of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, conserving threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. The Network seeks to use the power of the marketplace to create on-the- ground change by providing incentives for the protection of biodiversity around the world.

Over the past 25 years Ray has designed and implemented conservation and sustainable development programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He works with governments,
companies, and local communities around the globe to link conservation to positive economic outcomes.



Samantha Zwicker is the co-founder and visionary behind 501c3 nonprofit Hoja Nueva as well as the co-founder and conservation director of Fashion for Conservation. She is currently a Ph.D. student and NIH Global Health Fellow through the University of Washington researching ecology, conservation, and zoonoses.

Samantha received her master’s in wildlife ecology and nonprofit management in June of 2015. In addition to teaching environmental science courses at the University of Washington, she is President of the National Forestry Honors Society (Alpha Chapter), a term member of the renowned Explorers Club, and mentor to over 20 undergraduate and graduate students in research worldwide.

Samantha spearheads Hoja Nueva’s conservation projects within the Amazonian rainforests and communities of Madre de Dios, Peru, and leads the following research projects: assessing the effects of land use change on felids and their prey using in-situ observation and camera trapping, estimating densities of regional jaguar populations, reintroducing threatened species to the wild, and studying the prevalence and risk factor of tungiasis in Madre de Dios.


Wei Ying joined Woodland Park Zoo in March, 2017 from Philadelphia Zoo where, as director of conservation impact, she led the creation of an institutional theoretical framework for planning and evaluation of exhibits and programs to promote conservation behavior among zoo visitors.

As an applied social science researcher, Wei Ying has two decades of experience in interdisciplinary and multicultural conservation and education projects both nationally and internationally. She brings a focus on engaging diverse stakeholders in conservation to achieve measurable outcomes and is committed to supporting inclusive discourses and socially just environmental policies, and dismantling the systems of power and privilege in the conservation, science and environmental learning arenas. Prior to joining zoos, she led a communications initiative for The Ocean Project, helping zoo and aquarium partners align market research and effective communication strategies to achieve conservation outcomes. She also taught environmental communications at Connecticut College as a visiting assistant professor.

Wei Ying has received multiple research fellowships and practitioner awards including an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Communication, a Margaret Sheridan Community Learning Award, a Toyota-Audubon Conservation Leader Fellowship, and a Rhode Island Foundation Emerging Non-Profit Leader. She is on the steering committees of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and the Zoo & Aquarium Focus Interest Group for the Visitor Studies Association. She is also a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education, American Alliance of Museums, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Wei Ying earned her MA and PhD in environmental studies from Brown University.


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